Too many people think that their injury is not bad and that they will not need to file either a work comp claim or injury claim against the insurance company.
The problem is that it is usually too late to change your mind if the injury becomes worse or there are costly medical tests or treatment required.
A few simple steps will protect any potential Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim or injury case you may have.
Report your injury immediately and make a written report.
Make copies of all your reports.
Go to the doctor right away.
Tell the doctor how the injury happened, where it happened, and all the body parts involved.
These straight forward, truthful actions will preserve any future claim you may have.
If your injury worsens, a written injury report at the time of the accident proves where it happened and what happened.
The doctor’s records are evidence of the need for medical treatment and what body parts were injured.
Many injury cases are lost at the initial stage of the accident.
Delay in reporting and seeking medical treatment gives the insurance company the opportunity to plant doubt in the Judge’s mind.
Protect your injury case. Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp and Injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
In Illinois the Workers’ Compensation law sets forth specific benefits for injured workers.
The benefits include payment of related medical services and treatment.
This includes doctors’ visits, injections, prescriptions, physical therapy, surgery, MRIs and xrays.
It also includes payment for time missed from work.
If you miss 13 days or less of work, then the first three days are not paid.
Payment is based on your average weekly wage for the 52 weeks before you were injured.
You are paid 2/3 of this amount. There is no tax on these benefits.
You are also entitled to a settlement for your injury.
The settlement is based on a certain number of weeks times 60 percent of your average weekly wage.
The settlement amount is negotiated relative to the injury, the medical treatment, and the permanent restrictions.
Pain and suffering does not enter into the calculation.
If you are not receiving payment for being off work, or payment of your medical bills, or your settlement you need to contact an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Questions about your work injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Source: Workers’ Comp in Plain English: A Breakdown of the Process for Employees | HuffPost
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Every state’s law is different. So make sure to contact me regarding Illinois law and the rights it provides injured workers. Report your injuries immediately and see a doctor right away. Make copies of everything to protect yourself. Call Dirk May at 309827-4371 to talk with an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer.
What is the best advice I can give anyone who has been injured at work or in a motor vehicle collision?
Tell your doctor immediately how you were injured and all the body parts that were injured.
For instance, tell the doctor “I was lifting a 50 pound box of parts when I turned and twisted. I felt my back pop and there was pain right away. The pain runs down my right leg.”
Make sure you tell all your medical providers the same thing each time.
This means doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants.
An immediate, clear, consistent explanation of injury will make your injury case go smoothly and increase its value.
Questions about your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
This is a cautionary tale to protect the value of your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case.
The forms you complete at the beginning of your work injury are very important and may make the difference between winning and losing.
Just imagine that you have sustained a work injury and work wants you to complete forms for off work pay and an incident report.
Suppose that you complete the form and you mark it is not a work related injury, or fail to mark that it is work related.
Or suppose that you complete the doctor office form and mark that it is not work related, or fail to mark that it is work related.
The Arbitrators and Workers’ Compensation Insurance companies pay close attention to these forms.
Some people initially will fail to tell others that it is a work related injury. There may be a variety of reasons: I misunderstood. I didn’t know that a gradual onset injury over time was a really a work injury. I was afraid they would fire me. I did not know who pay the bills.
Changing your story later will lead to all kinds of trouble.
The Arbitrator and Workers’ Compensation Insurance company will often take the position that there was no work injury because you told them so at the beginning of the case.
Do yourself a favor and report all work injuries in writing, immediately.
Confused? Uncertain? Make sure to discuss it with an experienced lawyer right away. Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.